Monday, January 30, 2012
Time: 10 Days
Item Sent: 1987 ProCards Pittsfield Cubs, 1989 Donruss Rookies, 1990 Donruss, 1990 Upper Deck, 1993 Fleer/ProCards Nashville Sounds
Item Received: 1987 ProCards Pittsfield Cubs, 1989 Donruss Rookies, 1990 Donruss, 1990 Upper Deck, 1993 Fleer/ProCards Nashville Sounds. All signed in blue Sharpie.
What a cool guy! Rick Wrona was a quality backup catcher who was huge for the Cubs in the 1989 pennant chase. With starter Damon Berryhill injured, Wrona took over the everyday catching duties in September. He expertly handled the pitching staff and went on the best offensive run of his big league career to help lead the Cubs to the NL East title. Being a big catcher guy, and a fan of the Cubs from that era, he won me over with that month. Now, 23 years later, I'm a huge fan. Mr. Wrona beautifully signed five cards in bold blue Sharpie. He also added a letter where he thanked me for writing, complimented me on sending the minor league cards ("Those minor league cards are cool!") and, in closing, added "Write my anytime!" I don't want to take advantage of his generosity, but he seems to really enjoy signing autographs. So, I may just collect every different Rick Wrona card I can find and write him again. This kind of response is so rewarding for a collector.